From BOOK TO SCREEN: Fall 2016 Edition

At the 2016 Festival, the Greenwich International Film Festival hosted a panel called “From Book to Screen”. Moderated by Kathie Lee Gifford, the panel featured authors, agents and screenwriters who gave us the inside scoop on how a novel makes it to the big screen.

Inspired by the great panel discussion, we compiled a list of the films coming out this fall that are based on best-selling novels. Pick up one of these books today and see these films in a theater near you!

The Light Between Oceans
In Theaters September 2nd

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The Light Between Oceans
By M.L. Stedman

Bring the tissues, because this film and novel are guaranteed tear jerkers. Starring Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander and Rachel Weisz, we would not be surprised to see this film sparking some serious awards chatter in a couple months.

In Theaters September 9th

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Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters
By Capt. Chesley B “Sully” Sullenberger III with Jeffrey Zaslow

Clint Eastwood directing. Tom Hanks starring. Miracle on the Hudson, all in IMAX. Sign us up!

Bridget Jones Baby
In Theaters September 16th

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Bridget Jones’s Diary
By Helen Fielding

Love Bridget Jones’s Diary? Don’t forget to read the entire series before catching the latest film starring Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey and Emma Thompson in theaters soon.

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
By Helen Fielding

Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy
By Helen Fielding

Queen of Katwe
In Theaters September 23rd

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The Queen of Katwe: A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl’s Dream of Becoming a Grandmaster
By Tim Crothers

Lupita Nyong’o continues to make a lasting impression on Hollywood, ever since she won her Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her role in 12 Years A Slave. After making a brief appearance in last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Nyong’o is back in Disney’s Queen of Katwe. Starring opposite David Oyelowo, we expect this film to tug at all the right heart strings.

Miss Peregrin’s Home for Peculiar Children
In Theaters September 30th

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Miss Peregrin’s Home for Peculiar Children
By Ransom Riggs

If you enjoy Ransom Riggs novel and Tim Burton’s film adaptation, be sure to finish the series! Miss Peregrin’s Home for Peculiar Children is just the first in the trilogy.

The Girl on the Train
In Theaters October 7th

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The Girl of the Train
By Paula Hawkins

Emily Blunt stars in the film adaption of Paula Hawkins’ best-selling thriller, The Girl on the Train. At the helm, director Tate Taylor, who also directed the film adaption of The Help, has made one major change to this story: transporting the novel from the suburbs of London to Westchester County, New York. We are excited to see this film, now set in our backyard!

Jack Reacher: Never Look Back
In Theaters October 21st

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Never Go Back
By Lee Child

Lee Child’s iconic character Jack Reacher, portrayed by Tom Cruise, is back for the second time on the big screen. Be sure to watch the first film before watching the second. The complete Jack Reacher series is extensive, with 20 publish novels and one more on the way. Never Go Back is number 18 in the series, so be sure to start at the beginning! For the complete list, click here.

In Theaters October 28th

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By Dan Brown

Following The DaVinci Code (2006) and Angels & Demons (2009), Tom Hanks and Ron Howard have teamed up again to deliver the latest story from New York Times best-selling author Dan Brown. But be warned! The order of Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon novels are as follows: Angels & Demons, The DaVinci Code, The Lost Symbol, and Inferno. Reading the novels in order is important, so it is a good thing you have a couple months before Inferno hits theaters.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
In Theaters November 18th

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
By J.K. Rowling

Did we really think Harry Potter was finished? Five years after the epic film conclusion, director David Yates is back with another magical J.K.Rowling story. If you are still craving a little bit more Potter, don’t miss the screenplay for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child which was released this summer.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 and 2
By J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany


Jessica Knoll signing her novel Luckiest Girl Alive following the GIFF 2016 panel, From Book to Screen. June 12, 2016, Cole Auditorium at Greenwich Library. Image Courtesy of Getty Image for GIFF.

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Luckiest Girl Alive
By Jessica Knoll

While Luckiest Girl Alive is not coming out soon, it is currently in production at Reese Witherspoon’s production company, Pacific Standard. We were privileged to have Jessica Knoll attend our 2016 panel discussion, From Book to Screen, and we are extremely excited to see this novel come to life.

About the author

Lindsey Hascher has spent her whole life in Fairfield County. After spending 8 years at Convent of the Sacred Heart on King Street, Greenwich has been her home away from home. She is currently a senior at Quinnipiac University studying Mass Communications with a minor in Computer Science and Digital Media. After volunteering for the inaugural festival in 2015, she wanted to get more involved with the year-long process surrounding the festival. In her spare time, she works part-time at SoulCycle Greenwich and tries to see as many films as possible.

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